There is nothing really wild about the countryside on this ride - it is just gently undulating and free of motor traffic. But it does take us to the Hamerton Wildlife Park and past a nature reserve, which may offer a break from riding.
Distance 30.9 km
There is nothing really wild about the countryside on this ride - it is just gently undulating and free of motor traffic. But it does take us to the Hamerton Wildlife Park and past a nature reserve, which may offer a break from riding. At Leighton Bromswold, you can see the fascinating gateway to a castle which was never built. There is also a Hundred stone - a meeting point in medieval times for the collection of taxes and the dispensation of justice. Huntingdonshire had four ”Hundreds” or groups of parishes, and three of the Hundred stones survive, all featured in these rides. A number of short cuts are described, but all of the lanes within the main circuit can be used for pleasant cycling.
Sawtry to Winwick
From the public car park in St. Judith’s Lane continue to the end of the lane, and then turn left to the centre of the village and at the crossroads turn left into Gidding Road.
Continue for about 3 miles to HAMERTON. At a T-junction turn left (towards Alconbury Weston) and immediately right to pass the church and arrive at another T- junction. Here turn right and immediately left to WINWICK.
Winwick to Old Weston
At the T-junction, turn left on the B660 to OLD WESTON.
Old Weston to Sawtry
At the south end of the village, at the bottom of a descent, turn left to LEIGHTON BROMSWOLD. About a mile beyond Leighton Bromswold, turn right signposted BARHAM and then at the T-junction turn left to BUCKWORTH.
Soon after Buckworth is an offset crossroads which is on a bend (watch out for traffic). Cross this road (i.e. turn left and immediately right) and after about 1 mile, turn left at a T-junction and soon right to COPPINGFORD.
Enjoy the panoramic view which opens out just beyond Hill Top Farm, which is aptly named. Easily identifiable are the chimneys at Yaxley brickworks and the distinctive tower of Conington church beyond the traffic of the A1(M). Descend the hill to return to SAWTRY.
The best entry to the village is to turn left at the foot of the hill, about 1⁄2 mile before the village. This road has no signpost, but is signed to prohibit large vehicles. This lane is St. Judith’s Lane, and returns us to the car park. Note the farmhouse with Flemish gables at the entrance to the village.
Possible short cuts
From Hamerton to Coppingford to give a 9m/14km circuit:
After turning left in HAMERTON keep forward for a little over 1 mile then turn left to COPPINGFORD to rejoin the main ride.
From Howson’s Lodge to Brook Lodge to give a 15m/24km circuit:
About 2 miles past WINWICK, where the B660 bends right near Howson’s Lodge farm, turn left for about 3 miles. Just before a right bend turn left to rejoin the main ride in Section 3, heading for COPPINGFORD.
From Hamerton to near Leighton Bromswold to give a circuit of 12m/19km:
At the T-junction just past Hamerton church turn left for about 1 mile. Then, at an off-set crossroads turn right and immediately left for another mile towards Leighton Bromswold. Turn left (no signpost) to BARHAM and then turn left to rejoin the main ride in section 3.
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AuthorCambridgeshire County Council
Update: October 12, 2016
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